Dreamsongs: Volume 2 (2006) by George R. R. Martin

This is, as the title suggests, just the second volume in the “Dreamsongs” collection, that splits interesting and notable excerpts from Martin’s long career into thematic and genre sections. Preceding each section is an introduction by Martin where he describes the context in which he wrote the following stories, and shares some anecdotes from his…

The Mystery Knight (2010) by George R. R. Martin

Definitely the most involved and complicated of the three “Tales of Dunk and Egg” stories that have been released so far, “The Mystery Knight” sees Dunk and Egg interact with a much larger set of characters than in either of the first two stories, and encounter a more interesting and complex plot than they’ve come…

The Sworn Sword (2003) by George R. R. Martin

The second of Martin’s “Tales of Dunk and Egg” series, which currently consists of three stories, with plenty more planned, but not coming anytime soon. I think this is definitely the weakest of the three, as it lacks the charm and strong narrative of “The Hedge Knight” and the more involved storytelling and set of…

The Hedge Knight (1998) by George R. R. Martin

My first introduction to the writing of George R. R. Martin was nearly ten years ago now, through a copy of Robert Silverberg’s 1998 “Legends” fantasy short story and novella anthology, featuring stories by Robert Jordan, Terry Pratchett, and some authors I had never read, like George R. R. Martin. I was reading the anthology…

Unsound Variations (1982) by George R. R. Martin

An absolutely fantastic, masterful short story by George R. R. Martin. It revolves around concepts Martin is great at writing – regret, old relationships reexamined years after their prime, the influence of the past upon the present, human nature at its more spiteful and cruel, chess, and clever genre concepts used to tell stories about…